|History of the King Family Bible
According to family tradition, the King family Bible was purchased in Virginia around
1776 by a man who was the father or grandfather of John King. Since he could not read
well, he asked his son to read the Bible to him. Reading portions to his father regular- ly, the son eventually read the Bible completely through and as a reward, re- ceived it as his own. He passed it on to his son, and in due time it was handed down to James Marion “Jim” King. It is said that in 1905, when Jim King died, some of his relatives came to his funeral and took the family Bible home with them. At the top of a page near the front of the Bible there is a note, written in pencil, which reads, “Uncle Andia took this book April 27, 1911.”
Homer Clifton King recalled that in 1936 his father, Jim and Lou’s son Mack Clifton
King, made a trip from his home in Commerce TX to visit relatives somewhere in west
Texas. When he returned home, he had his father’s Bible with him.
At Mack’s death the Bible passed to his son Clifton. Since Clifton had a daughter but no sons, and wanted to leave the Bible to a family member with the King name, he gave the Bible to Harold King , son of Sterling Guy King, on July 9, 1978.
Harold had planned to leave the Bible to his son David, since David had a young son to carry on the family name. But the son, eleven-year-old Robbie, died of cancer in
December of 1983. Harold died in July of the following year. After consideration, David decided to accept the Bible in accordance with this father’s wishes even though he no longer had a son in his family line.
At the present time–May 1997–the Bible is still in David’s keeping. David has directed that the Bible is to pass from him to his nephew Brian King. Slated to be a future steward of the King family Bible is Brian’s son, Jared Taylor King, born 30 Jan 1996.
Records in the King Family Bible
Some of the Bible records have been verified from other documents, while the accuracy of others is open to question. They are illegible in some places. Following is a transcription, as faithful as seems possible, of the four pages of family records.
BRING UP YOUR CHILDREN IN THE ADMONITION OF THE LORD.
John King was born in the year of our Lord Feb 5th 1801.
Elizabeth King was born July 24th in the year of our Lord 1803.
William King was born November 11th in the year of our Lord 1822.
George H King was born April 27th in the year of our Lord 1824.
Jane E King was born January 22th in the year of our Lord 1825.
John W King was born September 11th in the year of our Lord 1827.
James M King was born April 18th in the year of our Lord 1829.
Jesse P King was born Dec 6th in the year of our Lord 1830.
Daniel C King was born November 30th in the year of our Lord 1832.
Sintha M King was born Oct the 19th in the year of our Lord 1835.
Lucinda A King was born July 9th in the year of our Lord 1836.
Hannah E King was born March 28th in the year of our Lord 1838.
Richard S King was born March 28th in the year of our Lord 1840.
Andrew U King was born March 22th in the year oif our Loord 1842.
Sintha M King was born September 5th in the year of our Lorod 1844.
Winey Louisa Thompson King was born January 14 AD 1841.
THE PROMISE IS UNTO YOU AND TO YOUR CHILDREN.
James M King was Baptised Feb 24th in the year of our Lod 1850.
Daniel C King was baptised April 20th in the year of our Lord 1851.
Lucinda A King was Baptised May 25th in the year of our Lord 1851
Hannah E King was babtised in the year of our lord
Syntha M King was babtised Oct 18 in the year of our lord 1858.
William King was baptised Sept 20th AD1868.
J M King And W L Kings Familey Births
Sarah E King was born January 20th AD 1859.
Rees King was Born June 6th AD 1861.
Sophira Jane King was born April 5 AD 1864.
John H King was borne April 30th AD 1868.
Sturlen Guy was Born Nov 25th AD 1871.
Rena Melvina was born January 18th AD 1874.
MARRIAGE IS HONOURABLE IN ALL.
John King and Elizabeth B Clark was Married Feby 22and AD 1821.
William King and Eliza Elizabeth Brock was Married July 24th AD 1840.
Jane Eliza King and Amos Patterson was Married Oct 2and AD 1844.
George H King and Mary A Price was Married Dec 24th AD 1846.
John W King and Eliza Elizabeth Price was Married Oct AD 18
Jessee P King and Jane Malissa Patterson was Married Feby 2and AD 1853.
Loucind A King and Lafayett Conley was Married March 15th AD 1853.
Daniel C King and Mary Smith was Married Oct AD 1855.
Hannah Elizabeth King & John R Stiles was Married May 5th AD 1859.
James M King and Widda Lowiza Thompson was Married AD 1859.
Andrew U King and Elizabeth A Patterson was Married Oct 26th AD 1865.
Cinth Margrete King and Daniel W Shermy [?] was Married Jany 17th AD 1867.
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD.
Cintha Margrete King Died Nov 16th AD 1838.
Richard Solomon King Died Nov 16th AD 1841.
John Wesley King Died Oct 7th AD 1858.
Daniel Crysenberry King Died Oct 8th AD 1863.
George Henry King Died Jany 30th AD 1861.
Jane E Patterson Died Jan 15, 1899.
Cintha M [unclear] Died Mar 5 1895.
J P King Died Aug 22th 1899.
J M King died May 17th – 1905.
J H King Died December 28th – 1905.